Hey, we’re back at talking about meal planning again!
Last week, we talked about the 3 reasons why healthy meal planning will actually SAVE you money in the long run.
But, now you’re all like “okay, that’s great Taylor. BUT, how do I actually start this planning of the meals thing.”
I hear ya. Starting new stuff can be hard and scary and daunting, so let’s make it a little bit easier for you peeps shall we? Let me tell the one thing, that you are probably already addicted to, that will make your planning SO much easier:
That’s right. That website where you can plan your dream wedding, even if you’re already married (not that I know anything about that) and see pictures of cute puppies? WELL, you can also find some DELICIOUS and healthy recipes on there in NO time at all. Here are my top 5 ways to use Pinterest to help you meal plan:
- Create a “tried and true” board.
Find a recipe that is a hit with your WHOLE family? Pin it to this board! Then, when you’re stuck, or are short on time to plan totally new recipes to try every week, you have a go-to list of recipes you know everyone will love!
- Use the search function to your advantage
Last week we talked about saving money by trying to find recipes with similar ingredients for the week. Use the Pinterest search bar to do this! If you planned a recipe using flank steak, for example, on Monday, you can search ‘flank steak” recipes in the search bar, to find other ideas. A lot of times you will even find “recipe roundups” which will have a TON of those kinds of recipes in ONE place. Your meal plan for the week? DONE in ONE click.
- Create boards to organize recipes into “type.”
Instead of just have a master “recipes” board, organize your boards by TYPE of recipe. This could mean you create boards for breakfast recipe, lunch recipes and dinner recipes. It could mean that you create recipe for “busy” nights, with a list of quick and easy or slow cooker recipes. Whatever works for you, organize that way. This seems pretty simple and basic, but it is HIGHLY effective when it comes to sitting down and planning your week, as you have a small base of where to begin looking for recipes. Scrolling through the “food/drink” category on Pinterest can be totally overwhelming, so this makes that a whole lot easier!
Of course there are many more ways to use your pinning addiction to help start your meal planning, but these are 3 really easy and doable ways to start!
Go on! Get yo’ pinning on!